MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The prosecution presented its long awaited DNA evidence Tuesday, May 14 in the capital murder trial of Carlos Kennedy.
Kennedy is accused of breaking into the home of former Mobile Realtor Zoa White, sexually assaulting her, and beating her to death with the claw end of a hammer in June 2010.
EXPERT CLAIMS DNA MATCH
Shortly before 4 p.m., DNA expert with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Patrick Goff testified Kennedy's DNA was a match to blood from eight samples taken from the crime scene.
He said the locations included the back porch of the home, a candle holder, and a staircase.
Goff testified the odds were one in 13.8 quadrillion that it could have been another person under the same conditions.
Under cross examination, however, Goff testified there was no request by police to compare defendants' hair to hair samples at the crime scene.
LAYING THE GROUNDWORK
Right before the lunch break, defense attorney Jason Darley talked about the steps taken in the trial so far.
Darley said, "What the state did was lay the foundation and the predicate for all the ID (identification), all the expected evidence that they will introduce and have introduced as far as photographs, garments and other items. We just had the officer walk through where everything of significance was placed in the home."
POLICE FINGERPRINT TESTIMONY
There was also powerful testimony coming from the Mobile police officer who took pictures at the scene.
Officer Jason Bullock testified about almost three dozen fingerprints taken from the home of White after her body was found.
Jurors also saw graphic, detailed pictures of items with blood stains on them or nearby.
Bullock testified two finger or palm prints matched those of Kennedy.
But, he also testified about two dozen other fingerprints that matched White or other unknown people, or were not of sufficient quality where they could be analyzed.
The defense has denied that Kennedy was involved.
Darley asked Bullock to show in a diagram where those fingerprints were found.
JURORS SEE GRAPHIC PHOTOS
Before the more graphic pictures were shown, some of White's family members and friends left the courtroom.
Later in the afternoon, the jury saw more graphic pictures showing White with more than a dozen head wounds.
But the defendant has shown no emotion during the trial.
Kennedy sat quietly, either looking up during testimony, or looking down at the table, has arms hanging to the side.
The trial resumes at 9:15 Wednesday morning. The prosecution is expected to finish calling witnesses.
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